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FLORES NEGRAS

Commissioned paper bag assemblage is on her way to her new home!

GOOD BONES

Life is short, though I keep this from my children.
Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine
in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways,
a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways
I’ll keep from my children. The world is at least
fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative
estimate, though I keep this from my children.
For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird.
For every loved child, a child broken, bagged,
sunk in a lake. Life is short and the world
is at least half terrible, and for every kind
stranger, there is one who would break you,
though I keep this from my children. I am trying
to sell them the world. Any decent realtor,
walking you through a real shithole, chirps on
about good bones: This place could be beautiful,
right? You could make this place beautiful.
Maggie Smith | Waxwing, 2016
JO Barrios | Paper Bags, 2021

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ESTHER PEREL





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ALMEDA





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ELSA PERETTI, RIP

I still remember my first significant piece of jewelery that I purchased for myself with my first Wall Street bonus, an Elsa Peretti Bone Cuff in silver from Tiffany’s on 5th Ave. It was 1985.  Where is that cuff now? I have no idea… How is that possible?! Sigh.

Ciao, Elsa. Grazie . . . .

I ♥ MAINE





Two art studios on a rock island in the Atlantic Ocean 20 miles off the coast of Maine . . . . Dreamy!

THE POSTHUMOUS MEMOIRS OF BRÁS CUBAS | MACHADO DE ASSIS

Quite the extraordinary read, reminding me of my high school readings of Voltaire’s Candide and Dante’s Divine Comedy, by Brasil’s greatest writer of literature. Written in 1881, and now available in a new translation from the Portuguese by Flora Thomson-DeVeaux, the main character, Brás Cubas, recounts his life story from his own grave, highlighting along the way the foibles of the 1% of Brasil in the late 1800’s. Too many spectacular passages to pull from so  . . . . This was another selection from A Public Space’s virtual bookclub which has me reading authors completely off my radar.

 

 

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